CM Palaniswami says Pon Radhakrishnan’s remarks on terrorism in TN ‘blatant lie’

The chief minister was responding to Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan’s comment that Tamil Nadu was becoming a training camp for terrorism.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2018 16:19 IST
Press Trust of India
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Tamil Nadu,Edappadi K Palaniswami,Pon Radhakrishnan
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said both he and O Paneerselvam were taking Tamil Nadu on the path of growth.(PTI File Photo)

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday hit out at Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan for his remarks that Tamil Nadu was becoming a training camp for terrorism, saying the state was the most peaceful in the country.

“It is a blatant lie. In the present situation, Tamil Nadu is the most peaceful state in India and law and order situation is also very good,” Palaniswami told reporters at the City Airport tonight.

Stating that both the BJP-led central and AIADMK-led state governments were functioning to serve the people and working jointly for their benefit, he said the ideology of both the parties was completely different.

“I do not know,” was his reply to a question on Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam’s remark that he joined hands with Palaniswami following advise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Paneerselvam had taken pains for the cause of the party and now both (he and Paneerselvam) were taking it on the path of growth, he said and blamed the media for blowing the issue out of proportion.

The proposed entry of film stars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan will not have any impact on the AIADMK and nobody can defeat the party, he said.

Blaming the DMK for the prolonged dispute on Cauvery water issue, Palaniswami said the party had not renewed the 1974 agreement which was the root cause for the problem.

He alleged that DMK’s working president MK Stalin was blaming the AIADMK for the problem which was a blatant lie.

It was the case filed by former chief minister Jayalalithaa which resulted in Tamil Nadu getting its due share of water, he said.

The DMK had done nothing for the benefit of the state, when it was ruling at the Centre with the Congress, he alleged.

The chief minister also expressed hope that the Centre would constitute the Cauvery Management Board within six weeks as directed by the Supreme Court in its verdict which would be in force for 15 years.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 09:28 IST